Duluth women’s network co-founder tells of her raw journey from cancer diagnosis to healthThree years ago, Jean Sumner was diagnosed with cancer. Today, she claims that it was the best thing that could have happened to her.
By: Clara Hatcher, Duluth Budgeteer News
Three years ago, Jean Sumner was diagnosed with cancer. Today, she claims that it was the best thing that could have happened to her.
Now living in Florida, Sumner was the July guest speaker at the Professional Women’s Network Luncheon — an organization that she and Elaine Hansen started in 1993 — to tell her story. Her sister, daughter and two grandkids were there to see her speak.
Sumner worked at Wells Fargo for 28 years before she moved to Florida to become a personal banker. Then, she was diagnosed with an untreatable and terminal form of leukemia.
“When I was diagnosed with cancer, I was very lucky,” said Sumner. “The cancer that I had had no cure for it so, I did not have to make any decisions about chemoradiation or surgeries.”
The first thing that Sumner did was rethink her entire “healthy” lifestyle. She and her family had believed that she was very healthy. She followed the USDA food guides and exercised regularly; so when she was diagnosed with cancer she threw everything she knew about “healthy” out the
She started off by reading a book called “The Cancer Battle Plan” and soon after became a vegetarian, started taking green supplements and drinking a Native American tea said to help to better your immune system.
“After taking my first blood test I realized that my body was still not good,” said Sumner. “But if you know anything about nutrition you know that it is not going to take just three months to get where you need to be; it takes real time.”
Sumner continued to step up her game in her battle by reading the story of Jim Miller — a man with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma who ended up going to a clinic called Hippocrates in Florida when his cancer returned with a vengeance after three months of remission.
Miller ended up going on an all-raw food diet, meditating and exercising; after speaking with him and sharing stories, Sumner did the same. When she found raw food recipes that she enjoyed, she wrote them down and ended up writing down more healthy tips in her books “52 Tips To Be Healthy” and “Journey to Raw.”
“I knew that my body was just full of garbage, and I really had to do something about that, so that is where the raw-food diet stepped into play,” continued Sumner. “We are putting terrible things in our body and slathering stuff on our skin. I found that it is more harmful to put bad cream on our skin than to eat terrible food because it takes 28 seconds to get from your skin to your organs.”
After finding out about her cancer, Sumner did not accept that it was simply a lost battle because there was no medical treatment available. She ended up doing so well with her health on her own that her grandkids did not even know she had cancer until months after she was diagnosed.
Three years later, Sumner continues to pursue a new and improved healthy lifestyle and encourages others to do the same. She created and is president of World Wellness Education through which she visits schools and workplaces to share her insight. Visit her website at www.worldwellnesseducation.biz.
“Eventually, we all have to start looking at things a little differently. Once we realize what ‘healthy’ really is, our body gets the rewards of our efforts.”